Kelly Sturgis, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Region
email, (518) 486-8556
The Network is led by a full-time C.E.O, Kelly Sturgis, housed out of the Capital Region office, who is responsible for overseeing the growth, development, and day-to-day operations of the network and capacity building of regional afterschool networks. Additionally, Kelly’s duties focus on staff management, budget oversight, and development and fundraising.
Prior to joining the Network for Youth Success, Kelly was employed by the Capital District YMCA for over ten years, and serving in her final capacity as Operations Director for the Albany Branch. Prior to her role in Albany,
Kelly was the Associate Executive Director for the Schenectady Branch. Kelly began her career at the YMCA as an afterschool site director then quickly rose to Childcare Director, and was then promoted to District Childcare Director overseeing school-age programs in six school districts.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Russell Sage College, and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hudson Valley Community College. Kelly also went through the School-age Childcare (SAC) Credential Program and later became an accreditation coach and endorser for the Network for Youth Success.
Kelly was also one of the Riley Institute’s 2016-2017 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows.
Erin Broderick, Capacity Building Director, Capital Region
email, (518) 694-0660
The Capacity Building Director, Erin Broderick, is responsible for overseeing, executing, and expanding all of the quality services of the organization, including Afterschool Program Accreditation, School-Age Care Credential, Network membership, and the annual conference. Erin also oversees all of the Network’s communication and marketing.
Erin joins the Network for Youth Success with many years of experience working with school-age children and school-age providers. Most recently, Erin worked at the Capital District Child Care Council, where she helped to ensure quality in afterschool programs throughout the Capital District.
Erin teaches the NYS School-Age Credential Preparatory Program, advises credential candidates, and coaches programs through the accreditation process. Erin also serves as an accreditation and credential endorser.
Erin holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the College of Saint Rose, a NYS Early Learning Trainer’s Credential and went through the NYS SAC Credential Program.
Erin holds a New York State Trainer and Technical Assistance Professional Credential as both a School-Age Professional Development Specialist and as a Coach. Erin is also a New York State Certified Health and Safety Trainer through the Office of Children and Family Services.
Trudy Morgan, Policy Director, Capital Region
email, (518) 270-1275
Trudy Morgan initially joined the Network for Youth Success as a Women and Public Policy Fellow from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS). As the Policy Director, she leads the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts around expanded learning opportunities, including afterschool, summer, expanded learning time programs, and community schools. She is responsible for formulating and executing the organization’s statewide and national advocacy and policy efforts to increase funding for expanded learning opportunities, and addressing regulatory and programmatic concerns through legislation.
Before coming to the Network, Trudy worked as a Special Projects Assistant at the SUNY System Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at Brown University, working as a Coordinator with Generation Citizen — an action-civics, non-profit organization that empowers young people with tools, skills, and knowledge to become effective citizens. Trudy is also a proud alumna of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship at Princeton University, and previously interned at New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s office and Capitol Group LLC, a government relations firm.
Trudy holds a Master of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree (honors) in Public Policy and Management from Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs.
Wil Green, Regional Network Director, Western New York
Lea Maggiulli, Office Coordinator, Capital Region
Lea Maggiulli, is the Office Coordinator, supporting the Network staff with day-to-day activities. Lea has many years of experience working with school age children and, school age providers. Lea has hands on experience as a school Age Childcare Director, and Trainer. Lea, recently was employed as a School Age Registrar, and Trainer, for Bright Side Up, formerly known as the Capital District Child Care Council. As a Registrar, Lea oversaw school age programs in the capital district area, to ensure compliance with the regulations. As a School Age Trainer, Lea taught the NYS School-Age Credential Preparatory Program, and, coached programs through the accreditation process. Lea served as an accreditation and credential endorser.
Gabrielle Schwartz, Policy Coordinator, Michigan
email, (518) 270-1275
Gabby originally joined the Network as a Policy Intern. As the Policy Coordinator, Gabby supports the policy department in crafting policy recommendations and collaborating with critical stakeholders to respond to the needs of the afterschool field. She recruits and coordinates for the Network’s Power of 3:00 Ambassadors program, coordinates meetings with internal and external stakeholders, and supports the policy department in advocacy efforts.
Prior to her time at the Network Gabby served as a development intern with HAVEN, a nonprofit that provides services for survivors of intimate partner violence. In this role, she helped develop fundraising goals and supporting planning efforts for HAVEN’s annual Gala fundraiser. Gabby also worked as an intern for the American Red Cross where she coordinated volunteers with a specific focus on a youth volunteer program.
Gabby holds a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Policy & Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Public Administration from Oakland University.
Alysha Branch, Capacity Building Coordinator, Capital Region
Alysha currently serves as the Capacity Building Coordinator. In this position, Alysha develops social media strategies and engagement. Additionally, Alysha maintains a plethora of behind the scenes capacity building work to support the field and the Network, particularly with the credential and membership initiatives.
Prior to working with the Network, Alysha worked for the Capital District YMCA for 15 years, starting as an activities assistant in an afterschool program and continuing to grow professionally until she became the Regional Child Care Director. In her most recent role, Alysha oversaw numerous afterschool programs, which included both fee for service as well as grant funded programming, and summer camps. With her knowledge base in afterschool programming, she has worked with programs as both a SAC Credential Advisor and Endorser, Program Accreditation Coach and Endorser, and has offered high quality professional development to help support frontline staff in partnership with the Network.
Giovanni LoPiccolo, Policy Intern, Capital Region
Giovanni is the policy intern for the Network and joined the policy department in late summer 2021. Taking on the role has included assisting in the development of research data for the Networks’ political advocacy, the analysis of survey data to know what our partners and members prioritize, and the dissemination of this important material.
Giovanni is currently a graduate student at the University of Albany, finishing up his Master of Arts Degree in Political Science by December 2021. He has previously interned at the NYS Education Department’s Office of Facilities Planning, having direct experience in the funding priorities and processes of how schools are rebuilt and revitalized across the state. Prior to that, Giovanni has not shied away from becoming active in his community, from petitioning his city mayor over public safety issues, partaking in various school cleanups, and participating in local political campaigns.